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Area rugs

Area rugs

Area rugs: Finding a great rug has never been easier!

Make good floors look great with rugs that rule the rug kingdom of the twentieth century: Area rugs! Area rugs are all the rage in today's interior decorating schemes. Available in every color under the rainbow, in every style under the sky, in every texture you can touch, and in every design you can dream of, area rugs are your affordable answer to floor fashion.

Area rugs are quickly becoming designers' number one choice in residential and commercial d├ęcor. Area rugs are the perfect way to add finishing touches to a new room and the quickest means to change the mood or character of an existing room. An area rug requires no installation, is easily relocated, and makes down to earth sense given the high cost of contemporary wall-to-wall carpeting. Whether replicating ancient rug themes and centuries old rug-making techniques, weaving webs of modern weaves, or combining the traditional with the contemporary in transitional designs, there is an area rug for you!

There is no limit to the range of area rugs available on the market today.

Choose natural fiber or synthetic fiber area rugs; hand or machine made area rugs; braided, tufted or woven area rugs; plain area rugs; solid, striped and patterned area rugs; classic or traditional area rugs; classy area rugs; contemporary or modern area rugs; designer area rugs; funky area rugs; art deco area rugs; shag area rugs; Persian-style area rugs; Oriental-style area rugs; Southwestern area rugs; Navajo area rugs; Flokati area rugs: sheepskin area rugs; bath area rugs; outdoor area rugs; children's area rugs; rugged, durable area rugs; soft, plush area rugs; fluffy area rugs; flat area rugs; reversible area rugs; beach theme area rugs; multi-shaped area rugs; discount area rugs, and many, many more.

Today's area rugs are as much about style, art and fashion as they are about protecting floors. Versatile area rugs are used to provide a focal point in a room, to accent wall-to-wall carpeting, to break up an expanse of flooring, to add color and depth, to repeat a dominant scheme or to provide contrast, to make a personal fashion statement, and to pull design elements together. Adding function to fashion, area rugs add warmth and help absorb the noise level in a room with hardwood, tile or other hard surface floors.

Bare feet will love the feel of an area rug underfoot! Here are some of the bare facts about selecting area rugs:

**Area rug sizes: The most common area rug sizes are 4x6 and 6x9 feet. These work well under coffee tables and in hallways and entrances. An 8x10-foot area rug or larger can cover an entire room. Use smaller area rugs for bedsides, the area in front of a sink, or for adorning a hearth.

**Choose dense patterns and durable pile area rugs for high traffic areas.

**Whenever possible, select your area rug first, and then the upholstery to blend with the area rug. Furniture should enhance the area rug design or colors found in the area rug. Alternatively, select area rugs that pick up on the colors used in your furnishing patterns. Patterns can be mixed if they are coordinated in color.

**Use multiple area rugs to create spatial separation in a room. Think about the overall ambience when choosing area rugs: luxurious, fun, casual, formal, entertainment, conversation, or quiet relaxation.

**Light colored area rugs make a room look more spacious; deeper color area rugs help make a room feel cozy.

**Don't be square when it comes to area rug shape: A round, oval, or octagon shaped area rug in a roomful of square furnishings can make a bold statement!

**Go online to shop for discount area rugs. You will receive a discount on area rugs online because of the reduced overhead costs. A great way to save money and time, online area rugs are delivered directly to your home!

Here's the dirt on maintaining and cleaning area rugs:

**Vacuuming is the basic and primary step for caring for area rugs. Sweeping area rugs with a broom at least once a week will also remove loose soil and bring out your area rug's natural sheen.

** Rotate area rugs regularly to equally distribute the damaging effects of exposure to sunlight. Use window shades, shutters, and curtains to safeguard area rugs as well.

**Keep area rugs away from fumes and from dampness that can cause mold and decay and that may fade or harm your area rug colors.

**It is recommended that area rugs be professionally cleaned every few years, depending on the amount of traffic they receive.

**Liquid and other spills on area rugs should be cleaned immediately. Always check for special care instructions before cleaning an area rug. In general, scoop up as much of a solid spill as possible, working from the outside in. For liquid spills, blot your area rug with a clean, white absorbent cloth or paper towel to remove excess moisture. Do not rub. Douse stain with warm water and blot again. If the area rug stain persists, apply a solution of warm water and mild non-bleach liquid laundry (not dishwashing) detergent (1 teaspoon to 1 quart water) and let soak for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water and blot thoroughly until all water and detergent are removed. Once dry, vacuum or brush area rugs to restore original texture.

***NOTE: Always check if your area rug colors are colorfast (that they won't run) before cleaning!

Area rugs are paving the way of the future in the realm of rugs. Packed with performance and brimming with beauty, area rugs can help your rooms evolve from the ordinary to the extraordinary. For a rug that's a perfect fit for you and your home or office, choose an area rug today!

Area rugs: Finding a great rug has never been easier!

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